Someone Else’s Fairytale by E.M. Tippetts Publisher: Self-Published Format: Kindle Edition, 2011
I’m going to be honest – I didn’t expect to like this at all. I think that was due in part to the fact I’d JUST read another “normal girl meets famous guy” book but in that one the famous guy is a complete ass – to such a level that I’m not even able to review it because there’s no way to convey my feelings without going into a Kanye-level ALL CAPS rant for pages and pages. ANYWAY. Do I think this was brilliant literature? No. Did I love the entire thing? Not really. But for some completely inexplicable reason I found myself at the end of the book with a giant smile on my face saying aloud (to myself since I’m cool like that) “wow, I REALLY liked that. I have no idea why but maybe doing a review will help me figure it out”. So let’s give this a shot…
Plot: Chloe Winters is a normal girl with a fairly crazy past (born out of wedlock, when she was like 12 her half-brother went on a steroid rage, kidnapped her, shot her 3 times and she somehow survived) who is a senior at the University of New Mexico. For some reason that’s never explained she goes with two friends – Lori and Matthew – to be extras in the movie being filmed on-campus starring hottie hot hot Hollywood heartthrob Jason Vanderholt. I’m sure you can’t guess what happens but if you think he saw her, felt an immediate connection, and started to woo her then you must have ESP because you’re 100% correct. There’s a small subplot about her half-brother getting out of jail and coming after her and her mom, plus a like 30 page love triangle with jerkface Matthew but other than that it’s just the relationship between the two of them and Chloe’s desire to maintain her normal life. Pretty standard stuff.
Review: Okay I have no clue why I liked this but I did. There’s very little that actually goes on, any problems (like with her crazy half-brother) are solved really fast, Matthew’s personality does a complete 180 with little to no explanation, and the Jason romance is completely predictable. But once Chloe and Jason did get together it was just a cute little story about a couple in love where one person happens to be famous. I liked that Chloe tried to maintain as much of her normal life as possible – it really bugs me in books when the girl just dumps her life to follow famous dude around because what if they break up? (I know you’re not supposed to think about that but I can’t help myself.) And I’m a complete sucker for a happy ending.
I do have several complaints. 1) I think WAY too much attention was paid to the fact that Chloe was still a virgin and dumped by every guy after they found out she wanted to wait until she’s 100% sure. It’s not like she’s 40, she’s a 22 year old college valedictorian with a double major who also works and has serious issues trusting men – as you would if you were abandoned by your dad and attacked by your half-brother. It just didn’t seem like a big deal to me. 2) Matthew. So I think you’re supposed to like Matthew in the beginning but he just came across as a pompous jerkface, mostly due to his hatred of sarcasm and constant corrections of everyone’s use “who” vs “whom”. Dude I get it, you want to teach English but trust someone in grad school for education – learn which battles to fight. And don’t get me started on his dumping Chloe after they kiss – even though he says he’s had a thing for her since they first met years ago – because she doesn’t go to Church. Asshat.
So in the end I’m giving this a 9/10 but I really don’t know why. I’m also hoping one of you also read (or will read) it and we can discuss.
Based on the following criteria:
How much did I like the heroine: 9. I really liked Chloe. She’s smart, works hard at school and her job, has a level head, doesn’t get all “woe is me” about the stuff she’s dealt with in life but faces it with humor, and (as I said) stays the same despite the fact that she’s dating one of the biggest stars in Hollywood. I really disliked the negative self-image she had about being a virgin and her insistence on refusing to take anything from Jason – while understandable in light of the “relationship” (affair) her parents had – got a little old sometimes. I’m not
saying she should quit her life and become a groupie following him around but having lived in NYC the idea of turning down a nice, doorman-building apartment is just insane.
How much did I like the love interest: 10. I actually squee’d over Jason a few times. There’s enough about his former hard-partying ways to be realistic (cause books where the famous character is 100% “above it all” are just unbelievable), his family is awesome, he’s pretty down to earth, and he realizes a good thing when he sees it. I also thought it was great that when Chloe said she just wanted to be friends he didn’t try to change her mind, just lets her know he’d be open to more and is a really great friend to her (he flies on a private jet to bring her ice cream after the Matthew thing!!!!). He never tried to push her on the sex issue, understands that she wants to maintain her independence, encourages her to go to grad school because he realizes why forensic science is so important to her, and does an awesome job wooing Chloe. I’d definitely date him.
How believable is the plot: 7. Only because honestly – how realistic is the whole “normal girl/famous guy” pairing? Everyone loves Matt Damon and his wife but really that relationship is not the norm for Hollywood. Woe is all of us.
How much did I like the writing style/editing/etc: 8. I really didn’t see many issues. It did drag a bit at points but that’s typical.
How much did I want to keep reading: 9. Once I got in to this I basically didn’t stop. I read the whole thing in a few hours (with a break in the middle to go to class for an hour and a half). I do have to admit that in the beginning I was just reading because I couldn’t wait for Jason to turn out to be an ass so I could yell “I KNEW IT!” but once I figured out that wasn’t ever going to happen I still wanted to keep reading.
Glasses of wine I drank while reading: 0. But I did start reading at 7am so that’s probably a good thing. Not even I think it’s okay to drink at 7am (unless you’re in an airport – everyone knows it’s okay to drink at any time in an airport since they’re time zone-less. And stressful. And full of idiots.)
Final Score: 9/10. I really enjoyed it. Cute story, awesome characters (Matthew and psycho brother aside), not a trilogy, and – most importantly – a happy ending. Very mindless entertainment but it made me squee a few times and I ended the book with a smile on my face so that’s all that matters to me.